In White House shake-up, Kelly's departure now seems certain

08 December, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Myra Gill
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Mueller's team asked Kelly - who the network earlier reported was no longer on speaking terms with Trump - about what he remembered about Trump's attempt to fire Mueller and whether the president had tried to obstruct justice.

Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly will quit his role within days after falling out with the president, it was claimed.

The White House senior staff meeting Friday morning was canceled, according to three officials. Meanwhile, Trump ducked reporters' questions Friday amid rumors of a West Wing staff shakeup.

There have been persistent reports for several days that Mr Kelly was under pressure to leave.

It also found that White House lawyers objected to the interview of Kelly at first, arguing that executive branch officials should be free from such obligations unless necessary.


But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. On Friday, he announced that he had picked William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador.

The West Wing shake-up comes as Trump is anticipating the challenge of governing after Democrats take control of the House in January, and as he gears up for his re-election campaign in 2020.

But the story line of Kelly's departure has been protracted for so many months that White House aides often now just shrug. Investigators reportedly wanted to know about reports that Trump had attempted to fire the special prosecutor.

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